Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tens of thousands of people are leaving Puerto Rico to relocate in the U.S. mainland.

Puerto Ricans featured in TV ad promoting island move to US mainland 
By Associated Press,
Published: September 6

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A Puerto Rican family that starred in a TV ad promoting investment in the island has joined an ongoing exodus to Florida, embarrassing a government trying to halt a deep economic malaise that has driven tens of thousands of people to seek opportunity in the U.S. mainland.

The move was revealed this week by a local journalist who posted on Facebook that the twin boys who appeared in the ad and their parents had been his neighbors for seven years but were forced to move after losing their home.

Hector Vazquez Muniz said the father, identified only as Jose Miguel, was a structural engineer who could not find “economic justice” in Puerto Rico.

“Ironic, isn’t?” he wrote. “They had no choice but to abandon their homeland for a better quality of life for their children.”